Help the kids with the outline on the white board, and then if there's time, have them write the paper in class; otherwise have them do it at home. Expand the time allowed for the essays to thirty or forty minutes, keeping everything else the same. After all, this still gives the students practice writing timed essays such as they might encounter in future English exams.
I know my kids in college frequently have to write these types of papers during their class period at their colleges. You can have them do it at home or in class if you have the time. Still help with the outline for Lesson 17, but have the kids work more independently for Lesson 18 by using the lesson instructions to the teacher. By Lesson 18, the kids are working entirely on their own. Take a poll of your class to find out whether your students will be sitting for the essay exams for either the SAT or ACT, and instead give them opportunities to practice that style of essay while still teaching the TRIAC.
Or, invest in the High School Essay Intensive and take your students on a little side journey for a few weeks going over one or more of the timed essay approaches. Here is what I did. Read it carefully and highlight key words. Choose your position. Write a thesis statement that makes your claim. Stay on topic. Back up claims with evidence and examples. Write concisely. Avoid repeating yourself.
Use good grammar and punctuation. Review and revise. Essay Prompts and Key Words Students should feel comfortable arguing, explaining, or analyzing a point. So along with teaching basic essay structure, introduce different kinds of essays. This prepares them to respond to a variety of prompts. Here are three common essay types and sample key words to watch for: Argumentative essays defend a position on a topic.
Key words include justify, prove, agree or disagree, argue for or against, should you or should you not, why or why not. Expository essays inform or explain.
Key words include define, describe, demonstrate, tell how, illustrate, explain, outline the steps needed, compare or contrast, distinguish between, show cause and effect.
Analytical essays examine information or literature. The new SAT essays are analytical. Key words include interpret, examine, evaluate, give reasons, propose a solution, discuss strengths and weaknesses. Timed writing can make students feel rushed. If in their haste they misread key words, they may not answer the prompt correctly—which will seriously impact their grade.
While the new SAT essay provides students with informational passages to read, an in-class timed essay will require them to know the material in advance. If using a textbook for history, literature, or science, look for essay questions at the end of each chapter.
If TOEFL preparation is a primary reason you choose to include timed writings in your ESL class, you can even model your writing prompts after those on the standardized test or recycle questions from previous tests. Unfortunately, some students deal with their anxiety by soliciting help from native speakers. Some help may be fine, but help can quickly become do, and what you eventually receive is a very poor representation of how your student writes. This means your students will not have input from native speakers on their writing — content, style, or most importantly grammar.
The way my professor explained canned essays was like this. When scoring writing for standardized testing, a given essay had to relate to the writing prompt. If it did not at least mention it, the essay was disqualified. If, however, an essay mentioned the writing prompt and then proceeded to write on a completely different topic, that essay was something they could score. Some test takers know this and prepare for the writing sample on standardized testing by memorizing an essay that they will write during the exam.
During the test, that person needs only connect the writing prompt to the topic of the memorized, or canned, essay. When you give in class timed writings, you will uncover those students who may want to rely on a canned essay during test taking. The more often you do in class writing, the more likely the canned essays will be outed and the less likely your students are to try a canned essay again. You can then meet with those students to discuss and practice essay writing strategies.
When you add to that the urgency of writing in class and under a clock, students can become nearly paralyzed with anxiety.
Since then, SAT has modified its timed essay to reflect a fifty-minute period and the nature of the prompt has changed over to one where students read a passage and analyze it. For these teachers, in class writing may be a luxury they cannot afford. Posted by WeAreTeachers Staff.
Memorize important names, dates, and facts. Still help with the outline for Lesson 17, but have the kids work more independently for Lesson 18 by using the lesson instructions to the teacher. Consider These Advantages of Timed Writings 1 Standardized Test Preparation If you are teaching older students who plan to pursue higher education in English, timed writings may be a good idea to include in your class. Read it carefully and highlight key words.
Even with ample time, your students may not be able to compose anything on the spot.
The SAT essay has come under fire in recent years. The new SAT essays are analytical. After a number of practice essays, remove supports one by one till your teen can pace himself by the clock alone. To help you figure out if timed writings are right for you and your students, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages I have found come with timed writings. After all, it is a common experience to all college students, and it's much nicer to go into the first own knowing you're amongst friends. He started with training wheels.
Key words include justify, prove, agree or disagree, argue for or against, should you or should you not, why or why not. So along with teaching basic essay structure, introduce different kinds of essays.
Giving choices frees your teen to write about the topic he feels most prepared for, making the practice session less stressful.
Used with permission. I told the students that if they had accommodations, they could use them just as if they were sitting for a formal exam at their college or national exam. Or, invest in the High School Essay Intensive and take your students on a little side journey for a few weeks going over one or more of the timed essay approaches. Before you dip your toes in the waters of timed writing, spend plenty of time teaching general essay skills.
Use good grammar and punctuation. The students were given a prompt and twenty-five minutes to respond to it. This prepares them to respond to a variety of prompts. To give hands-on experience, assign subject-related timed writing at least twice a month. Timed writings can take an entire class period, and some teachers do not have the time to spare.
The more often you do in class writing, the more likely the canned essays will be outed and the less likely your students are to try a canned essay again.